Australia’s leading experts in pain management converged on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre this week for the 35th Annual Australian Pain Society Conference.
One in five Australians will suffer chronic pain in their lifetime with an estimated 80% not accessing treatment that could improve their health and quality of life. It is estimated that chronic pain costs the Australian economy $34 billion per annum and is the nation’s third most costly health problem.
More than 800 specialist doctors, general practitioners and allied health professionals along with four key international speakers debated the issues confronting pain management from the traditional to emerging interventions including the use of medical cannabis.
A diverse range of topics were addressed at the conference by world renowned specialists in pain management including Professor Mary Lynch from the Department of Anaesthesiology, Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Dalhousie University in Canada who talked about the Canadian experience with medical cannabis, the active component of marijuana – a timely contribution as Australian health providers and policy makers work towards a strategy for cannabis use.
Key topics at the top of the scientific agenda included brain pain, immune stressors, acute pain and chronic pain, paediatrics, physiotherapy and psychology.
It has been 21 years since Brisbane hosted the Annual Pain Society Conference with delegates describing the conference as one of the best ever with ‘a fantastic scientific program and excellent speakers.’
Dianna Crebbin from DC Conferences which has been managing Australian Pain Society Conferences since 1989 said delegate numbers for Brisbane exceeded their expectations. “The conference just gets better and better with greater involvement from young researchers and practitioners from the multidisciplinary base of health care practitioners.”
BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said such knowledge based conferences continue to shine the spotlight on Brisbane’s reputation as a centre of excellence.
“The 35th Annual Australian Pain Society Conference is one of a number of high profile scientific meetings being held at the Centre in coming months and the economic, social and educational impacts of these events are considerable”.